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SK woman charged with DUI, reckless driving, driving with a suspended license in Charlestown

April 30, 2014

CHARLESTOWN – Police arrested a South Kingstown woman and a South Carolina man Friday following a police pursuit.

Rachel C. Whaley, 36, of 55 Meadowbrook Way, South Kingstown, was charged with driving under the influence, reckless driving, and driving with a suspended license after she reportedly refused to yield to police while traveling on Route 1 between the South Kingstown line and the East Beach Road exit in Charlestown.

Police had to use a taser on Whaley’s passenger, John R. Pirz, 34, of 4 Whimbrel Court, Beau County, S.C., who was incompliant with officers after Whaley’s vehicle was stopped on Route 1.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Council to address Michaud’s school budget reversal

April 30, 2014

RICHMOND — Councilor Paul Michaud’s letter urging Richmond residents to vote against the Chariho school budget will be an agenda item at the next town council meeting on May 6.

After voting with the town council to support a resolution to pass the Chariho school budget on March 18, Michaud later met with the Republican Town Committee and as chairman wrote a letter urging voters to reject the Chariho budget because it did not include substantial cuts, which he said were needed to relieve overburdened taxpayers.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Hopkinton revaluation reveals 10.5 percent drop

April 30, 2014

HOPKINTON — In a town-wide full revaluation, Hopkinton’s property values were reduced by an average of 10.5 percent. Letters with updated property values were mailed to all town residents on April 9.

Rhode Island law mandates property valuation updates every three years to determine the fair market value of all real estate. Full revaluations are required every nine years and include inspection and remeasuring the interior and exterior of properties. Statistical valuations are performed every three years.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

92 years of worship for St. Joseph’s Church in Hopkinton

April 23, 2014

HOPKINTON – In 1922, the Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese in Providence purchased the Methodist Episcopal Church in Hope Valley. The transaction began what would become the long history of St. Joseph’s Church.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Richmond residents try to stem the rising tide

April 23, 2014

RICHMOND–When the town council retired to executive session on April 15 to discuss potential litigation in the town of Richmond versus Aurelia Russell, Dennis McGinity had more pressing things on his mind - namely the rising tide around his home on KG Ranch Road.

“In 2010 DEM said there were eight to 10 million gallons of water surrounding my home,” McGinity said, showing pictures of a waterline on his walls over 4 feet high. “If you go by right now you’ll see probably three million gallons, I’ve been pumping for days.”

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Hopkinton will attend meeting on Chariho Act

April 23, 2014

HOPKINTON — After receiving a written invitation from Chariho School Committee Chair William G. Day to attend the “first joint meeting of the Chariho Governing Bodies” for the purpose of discussing the Chariho Act and potential revisions, town councilors discussed their response on Monday night.

According to Day’s letter, the meeting is the result of Superintendent of Chariho Schools Barry Ricci’s recommendation for “a different way of approaching revisions to the Act.”

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Tragedy seemed to follow John E.S. Crandall

April 16, 2014

HOPKINTON – The darkness would be falling soon and supper would be ready at home. The warm house promised a great respite from the bone-chilling winter air but kids didn’t think about that. It wasn’t dark yet and no amount of cold could ruin outdoor fun.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Lawyers critical of town excavation ordinance

April 16, 2014

CHARLESTOWN — Several lawyers representing Charlestown quarries criticized the town council’s updated proposed excavation ordinance on Monday night during a second public hearing that had been continued from March 10.

Before discussing the ordinance, Town Council President Thomas Gentz presented a new resolution asking the General Assembly for an amendment that would give the town the authority to regulate quarry operations under its police power.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Voters approve $55.4 million Chariho school budget on first vote

April 10, 2014

WOOD RIVER JUNCTION – Voters in the three towns passed the $55.4 million Chariho school budget Tuesday.

The budget passed on the first try by a vote of 912 in favor 622 against.

“I’m very, very pleased that the budget passed and truly appreciate the support of the community for the district,” Superintendent Barry Ricci said Wednesday morning. “The budget is a good budget and is responsive to the needs of our students and is very fair to the taxpayers.”

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Some unsafe travels for Dr. Alexander Burdick Briggs of Hopkinton

April 10, 2014

HOPKINTON – Dr. Alexander Burdick Briggs ventured to Florida each year for a rest. Never did he imagine that he and his wife would come close to being murdered there, at the hands of a madman.

The physician was born in Hopkinton on Nov. 12, 1850 to Asa Sheldon Briggs and Mary (Burdick). Asa was the superintendent of a local woolen mill and, during the fall and winter months, boarded area school teachers at his home.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers
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